Article: Advocates in Maine Pushing for Ranked-Choice Voting


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Officials in Maine are convinced they have found a way to finally straighten out the nightmare election process and allow candidates to come away with clear-cut victories.

The presidential primaries, particularly on the Republican side, which had a large field of candidates early on, brought out calls for voting reforms throughout the United States, Time magazine reports.

When a large field of candidates compete, often the winner fails to get more than 50 percent of the votes. The results often leave both the electorate and candidate frustrated.

Now Maine has come up with a plan to change all that with ranked-choice voting.

"Under ranked-choice voting, voters rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes cast after the first tally, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated," the Portland Press-Herald in Maine explains. "Voters who chose the eliminated candidate have their ballots added to the totals of their second-ranked candidate and the ballots are re-tabulated. This process continues until one candidate has a majority of votes and is declared the winner."

In November, Maine voters will decide if they want to become the first state to implement the new voting process, Time reports.

Despite presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's long list of primary victories, it was until April 19th that he actually won more than 50 percent of the vote in a state, according to Time.

"A majority is always a plurality and a plurality isn't always a majority," Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting in Maine, told the Press-Herald. "If you get 52 percent of the vote, you're the majority winner, but you're also the plurality winner."

Jeffrey Rodack

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